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  Our team    
       
 

Wynford Ellis Owen
Centre Head & Chief Executive Officer / Prif Weithredwr a Phennaeth y Ganolfan

After a 40 years career as a writer, actor and director working in theatre and television, Wynford returned to college in 2006 to study for a Fd.Sc. degree in Addictions Counselling. After graduating in the summer of 2008, he worked briefly as an addictions counsellor in Rhoserchan, the drug and alcohol treatment centre above Penrhyncoch, near Aberystwyth. On the 1st of October, 2008 he started work as Chief Executive Officer of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs, and a corner-stone of his 3 year strategy was the establishment of Stafell Fyw Caerdydd/Living Room Cardiff, a community based Recovery Centre supporting people with addiction problems in Cardiff and surrounding areas. He was awarded the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship for 2010 and visited some of the new recovery community centres in the U.S. which have achieved long-term recovery from severe alcohol and/or drug-related problems. A network of such centres is to be found in Vermont, Connecticut and Philadelphia, Washington D C and Virginia. Visiting these centres provided Wynford with very useful ideas on how to better build a strong “peer culture” into the Stafell Fyw Caerdydd/Living Room Cardiff project, which was officially opened on 8th September, 2011.

Wynford is married to Meira, has two daughters, Bethan and Rwth, and is a very proud grandfather to Begw, Efa, Bobi and Jac. He lives in Creigiau on the outskirts of Cardiff.

Wynford is in recovery and his sobriety date is 22nd July, 1992.

 

 
Wynford Ellis Owen
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  Carol Hardy
Service Manager / Rheolwr Gwasanaethau

Originally from North Wales. Carol was educated at Dyffryn Ogwen Secondary School and Trinity College, Carmarthen. She has worked for most of her career in education.  For several years has engaged with people in recovery from addictions. She started working at Living Room, Cardiff in 2013 as co-ordinator of the Reaching Out project.  This project trains in educating about addictions in general, and introduces the appropriate skills necessary to help those in recovery.

In 2015 these responsibilities were linked to helping to assure the maintaining of good service standards offered at the Living Room.

 
Carol Hardy
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  Siân Hughes
Project Worker / Swyddog Prosiect

I first came to the living room in September 2012 as a client and volunteer.i then set up the telephone support line with Lucia offering support and reassuance to clients old and new that there is always a welcome at the living room and also encouraging clients who have relapsed and have not attended because the feel shame and guilt to re-engage and get support in the safe environment that is the l.r. I now work here 3 days a week facilitating groups,doing intakes and assessments whilst continuing with the telephone recovery support line.

 
Carol Hardy
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  Gwyneth Jones
Office Liason & Book-Keeper / Swyddog Ariannol Cyffredinol

  Gwyneth Jones
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  Dee Lally
Addictions Project Worker / Swyddog Prosiect Dibyniaeth

Dee Lally is one of our Addiction Project Workers. After 15 years in the civil service Dee decided to retrain at Action on Addiction at Bath University. She spent her placement with us and after graduating in June 2016 became a staff member in July 2016.

She lives in a village on the outskirts of Pontypridd with her fiancé (husband from September 2016), two step children and Kit Kat the pet cat.

She is a keen hiker and has been a member of a young person’s walking group since 2004.



 
Dee Lally
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  Nick Shepley
Trainee Addiction Counsellor / Cwnselar Dibyniaeth dan Hyfforddiant

Nick has volunteered at the Living Room Cardiff for the past four years and is currently studying a foundation degree in addictions counselling at the University of Leicester. Nick is a freelance writer and has published several books, and has used his expertise in writing to benefit the Living Room. He has contributed to the Living Room’s Reaching Out manual and has helped to develop the centre’s communications strategy, making sure its values are understood locally and nationally. Recently he has set up the Living Room’s recovery podcast, which is being downloaded around the world, sending messages of hope, encouragement and advice to addicts struggling with addiction.



 
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  Lowri Sion
Addictions Project Worker / Swyddog Prosiect Dibyniaeth

Lowri is a Cardiff native, and after volunteering at the Living Room for a few months, took up the role of Addictions Project Worker.  Educated at Glantaf Comprehensive School and The Ohio State University in the United States, Lowri has always had a keen interest in Psychology, and looks forward to pursuing a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology in the future.  Lowri feels so fortunate to be able to work with such an important organization and with such passionate people.  



 
Lowri Sion
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